'Confident' Stefanos Tsitsipas aims deep Australian Open run

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'Confident' Stefanos Tsitsipas aims deep Australian Open run

World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas put up a dominant performance in his opener at the Australian Open and he was happy with the way he started his campaign at Melbourne Park. Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 5, demolished French tennis veteran Gilles Simon 6-1 6-2 6-1 to reach the second round at the Australian Open.

Last week, Tsitsipas beat Australian Alex de Minaur and Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut at the ATP Cup. "Starting a Grand Slam can be stressful sometimes. You don’t know what to expect, you don’t know what shape you are [in],” Tsitsipas said.

“I played a few matches at the ATP Cup. It doesn’t really determine if I am [in] top shape. I felt like I needed more matches. “The more matches I get, I think contributes a lot to my confidence and I think confidence has made me win a lot of matches.

Without it, I don’t know where I would be. I see [confidence] as something that I need, as an additive to my game and something that is going to contribute to a lot of important victories for my career."

Tsitsipas plays next against Thanasi Kokkinakis

"My level is good so far,” Tsitsipas said in an on-court interview, per the ATP website.

"I feel good with my service games and I think I am returning really well. I have a clear picture of where I want to return and start the point, so I think I get the upper hand from the very beginning of the rally, which gives me a lot of confidence.

“I know I can press a lot with my forehand and also create damage on my backhand side, with my down-the-line backhand, which is my favourite shot. It has been giving me a lot of points and once it is there, I honestly feel very comfortable playing anyone”. Tsitsipas made the semifinal at the Australian Open in 2019.